Thursday, January 31, 2013

An apology to my blog readers

I'll make this short and sweet.

I'm signing paperwork over the weekend on a new lease and moving out of this rentalhood.

At my new location...

  • I will have my own mailbox, affixed to the front of the house.
  • I will not have children banging on my walls when the school bus unloads every day.
  • I will have a paved and covered carport where I will not have to brave the muddy stepping stones and fall on my rear end trying to get into the house.
  • There will be no reason for my neighbors' trash cans to block anything of mine. 
  • I will not have that same dog barking at me and playing chicken in the road. 
  • Any flood messes will be mine and mine alone - not that of my nieghbors' coming under the wall. 
  • No neighbors having garage sales in my driveway. 
And I know that all of this makes you all sad.

But think of it this way, my friends... I'll have new neighbors to talk about and new adventures to share. 

Or if I'm lucky... not much to say at all.

P.S. If you live in Corsicana and have some boxes...

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Join Sue Edwards for the Revelation study launch TONIGHT!

RevelationsFBpartyRevelation: Discovering Life for Today and Eternity. 

Women need Bible study to keep balanced, focused and Christ-centered in their busy worlds. However, many find it difficult to set aside the time and discipline needed for an in-depth study. The Discover Together studies offer tiered questions to allow readers to choose a depth of study that fits with their individual lifestyles or schedules, even if they vary by the week, month or season.

Sue Edwards will be kicking off her new Revelation study with an online Facebook chat on January 30 at 8:00 PM EST.

RSVP today and invite your friends to join you.

In the weeks following the chat (February 4 – April 8), Sue Edwards will be hosting an online Bible study for Revelation. She will be posting weekly on the Year of Discovery Facebook Page and interacting with groups and individuals around the country going through the study at the same time. Women will be able to discuss the study with each other and ask questions via Facebook. Once readers complete the Revelation study, Edwards will be going through the Ephesians study in the same way. (An April 11 Facebook launch party will be followed by an April 15 – June 17 online study.)

Completing each lesson requires about one-and-a-half hours. Readers still receive in-depth Bible study but with a minimum time commitment. For those who desire a more thorough study, including an opportunity to learn more about the history, culture and geography related to the Bible, Edwards has provided “Digging Deeper” questions. Answering these questions may require outside resources such as an atlas, Bible dictionary or concordance and challenge readers to examine complex theological issues and differing views more closely.

More about the Revelation study: Edwards and Kregel are especially excited about the new Revelation study that has been added to the series. “I have focused on five special chapters—the first three and the last two—passages that I believe are most pertinent for Christians today,” writes Edwards. “I find a thorough investigation of these five chapters the most beneficial as we consider how God wants us to prepare for the end.” “The first three chapters paint a glorious picture of the resurrected Christ and record his seven letters to first-century churches. These early churches represent the different kinds of churches that have existed through the ages. The letters both commend and point out deficiencies in these churches, providing lessons to help us get ready for our future,” Edwards continues. “The last two chapters unfold with unspeakable energy, beauty and promise, as John describes what Jesus shows him: a new Eden, redemption’s climax and our eternal home. Walk with me through these incredible pages, and experience the blessing that God promised to all who read and heed.”
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

How to make my latest dish -- the right and wrong ways

As I was saying last night, I was going to post a step-by-step demonstration of making a really easy dessert. So, I'll do that, just as I was going to, then you can see where I went wrong.

Sometimes the recipes I pull up on Pinterest are hits (the 8 Can Taco Soup) while others are misses (we must never speak of potato soup again).

I made this "cobbler" once before and decided a week or so ago I wanted to do it again. That's becuase I put some fruit in a pie crust that needed to be used and it was too runny in a crust.

There are only 4 ingredients, and supposedly it is Weight Watchers friendly since I consumed a massively high calorie, mega sugar infused Starbucks Frappachino over the weekend. I'm trying to be better.

(By the way, just say no to Vanilla Spice, especially when the spice is cardamom. Had I known cardamom was a cousin to ginger, I wouldn't have ordered it in the first place. But, as usual, I digress.)

All you need is two bags of frozen fruit (any variety of your choice or both the same), a box of yellow cake mix and a Diet Sprite (or 7-Up or Zero vs. Diet).

You use frozen fruit rather than fresh so that in the oven it will thaw, then bake rather than get over- cooked while the cake mix cooks.


Go ahead and turn your oven on 350 degrees. You'll be cooking it for 35 minutes. 

Please ignore my old oven. My mom voices her disdain for the old beat-up
looking stove/oven every time she is in my kitchen.




Layer the fruit into a cake pan or dish. Bag 1...


And bag 2...


I had some blueberries left, so I threw those on top for a bonus.


Then, pour the dry cake mix across the top. (Don't add any ingredients to the mix.)

And realize before I did that the dish I got out to use was really too small for the ingredients.
That way you won't end up dumping cake mix all over your counter.


Pour the can of Sprite Zero evenly over the cake mix.

Try to get as much of the mix wet as you can, otherwise, you'll have some powdery
spots that won't cook well, and the powdered cake mix doesn't taste so good.

The Sprite will sink into the mix and create a crunchy top layer. 

That's all true unless you have too small of a dish and the Sprite just runs down the mountain of
cake mix and has a chemical reaction similar to that of the volcano you made in 3rd grade. 

Then, you have half of your can of Sprite running all over the place, and your cake mix not covered.


That's all you have to do! Now, put it in the oven for 35 minutes and you'll have a wonderful smelling
kitchen and a yummy desert! So simple, but so good.

Well, you would if you didn't have a mess all over your kitchen.

At this point, you dig for something you can dump this mess into. If you had a bigger cake pan
instead of a casserole dish, you wouldn't have had this problem in the first place.
(I made it at my parents' house last time.)

Then, your roasting pan has a permanent burn spot in the bottom where BBQ sauce burned,
and you don't want to put it in that. So, you end up with a big pot. 

When you dump everything in, your cake mix ends up on the bottom instead of on the top.
When it is on the bottom, it can get mushy because of all the fruit juice when it cooks. 

Also, what cold Sprite did get in the dish has made its way to the bottom and your entire
layer of strawberries at the bottom has stuck together, so you have to pry them apart.

You also know that you left half of the Sprite on the counter running off everywhere, so you have
to add some more in because you know you have dry mix in the bottom. But, you have to get
just the right amount so you aren't soupy.


After 35 minutes, the house smells wonderful. You get your dessert out of the oven.


Then, you realize when you go to scoop some out that the Sprite and cake mix never mixed. 

So, you stir all of it up, until everything is mixed together. 

You stick it back in the oven until it bakes together.

Now, when you take it out of the oven, the top isn't a golden brown. It's all the fruit colors mixed-up.


And instead of being crispy on top, it's more like a bread pudding texture.

It tastes really good with a dollop of Fat Free Cool Whip on top. 

The problem is, you hate the texture of bread pudding. 

You're going to eat it anyway because it is so much more edible than the potato soup.

Plus, you aren't going to waste the money you spent on the frozen fruit and throw it away.

Monday, January 28, 2013

I have decided on a name for my reality show

I have had someone say I need my own reality show. No, I cannot tell you who it was.

I can, however, tell you the name and thus the premise: AUDRA NEEDS TO STAY OUT OF THE KITCHEN

Tonight's post was going to be a step by step of an easy dessert I had made before.

Instead, made a mess.

So, this is the teaser preview with the way overrated full post tomorrow.

Stay tuned!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Come to the Table

I am so fortunate to be sent so many books that I rarely request books for review. I only ask for my favorite authors/series. My blog readers well know I grab up Neta Jackson's books as soon as they come out.

Her latest is Come to the Table, the second SouledOut Sisters book. (A spin-off series of the Yada Yada Prayer Group and Yada Yada House of Hope series.) If you haven't read Stand by Me, it will be hard to pick up on what is going on in this book. You'll greatly benefit from reading the other series to be able to keep up with ALL the other characters in Come to the Table


About the book: 

Kat Davies is suddenly wondering if her good deed was a bad idea. Kat may be new in her faith, but she’s embraced the more radical implications of Christianity with reckless abandon. She invited Rochelle—a homeless mother—and her son to move in the apartment she shares with two other housemates. And she’s finally found a practical way to channel her passion for healthy eating by starting a food pantry at the church. Her feelings for Nick are getting harder to ignore.

The fact that he’s the interning pastor at SouledOut Community Church and one of her housemates makes it complicated enough. But with Rochelle showing interest in Nick as a father-figure for her son, their apartment is feeling way too small. But not everyone thinks the food pantry is a good idea. When the woman she thought would be her biggest supporter just wants to “pray about it,” Kat is forced to look deeper at her own motives. Only when she begins to look past the surface does she see people who are hungry and thirsty for more than just food and drink and realizes the deeper significance of inviting them to “come to the table.”

My take:

As much as I love Neta and her books, this one was not my favorite. There were times when I felt the story was bogged down my minute details that weren't necessary to the story. I don't necessarily think she included more than she normally does, but it seemed like too much this time. Such as I don't need to know every ingredient in that night's dinner or all the details of what was in each load of laundry being taken in and out of the washing machine.

Also, the main characters in this book are younger than in the previous books, and some of the word choices didn't seem realistic for Kat and Edesa. Especially, Edesa having come from Honduras. It could be a regional thing too, but I just don't think "wash and wear" and "criminy" were the best selections. It bugged me.

From seeing other reviews, I'm also not the only person who has had trouble connecting with Kat. There's also only two books in this series, but it was left at the end like there was more to be told in the next installment.

But on the positive side: I felt really convicted to help stock up the church food pantry. After next payday, I'm going to do that.

You could really see spiritual growth in Kat and a maturity she had been lacking.

If you've read all of Neta's other books, you definitely should get a copy so that you can find out all the good news and updates from her characters that have become almost real to all of her readers.


Check out a preview!



About the author:

Neta Jackson's award-winning Yada books have sold roughly 500,000 copies and are spawning prayer groups across the country. She and her husband, Dave, are also an award-winning writing team, best known for the Trailblazer Books—a 40-volume series of historical fiction about great Christian heroes with 1.5 million in sales — and Hero Tales: A Family Treasury of True Stories from the Lives of Christian Heroes (vols 1-4). They live in the Chicago area, where the Yada stories are set.

Find out more about Neta Jackson and her books at www.daveneta.com.


This book was published by Thomas Nelson, and I received this book from their Book Sneeze program in exchange for an honest review.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

The popcorn assault

Tonight's blog is coming from the Pocket Sandwich Theater where Barack Obama's twin just delivered an oversold piece of cheesecake with chocolate and peppermint.

Oh, and the popcorn is coming from all sides of the audience. Especially from a table two over where we can't decide if the guys are flirting or are gay. You kind of had to be there.




At least I am NOT this obsessed with my projects. I don't take them to the dinner and theater. 


Friday, January 25, 2013

A blast from the past

I was the party pooper who didn't go 80's like everyone else, but it sure was fun seeing everyone else's outfits.

Happy Birthday Sam and Julie!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

I've got to stop planning for my future

It's no secret that I desperately want a house of my own. But, I have got to stop planning or shopping for when that someday happens. I simply do not have any space left in my current home.

A few years ago, I went ahead and bought the chair and ottoman that matched the couch I was buying because someday, I was going to have a bigger place. I did have to get rid of some furniture that ended up being rotten in order to make the furniture fit.

Now, I need to rehang a large picture and move some smaller things around because today, I bought this.


I did get a really good deal on it. A local store is going out of business, and this was a shelf they had dishes, etc. displayed on. Before Christmas, I told them if they still hadn't sold it when they really got ready to move stuff out to call me. They called yesterday. When I decided I wanted the hutch, it had no doors on it. I liked it as a shelf and it goes well with some of my other furniture. 

When I went to pick it up, they said, "we have all the doors in the back." Oh. Doors. I decided that yes, I like the doors on the bottom, and that I can use it for a different purpose than I originally planned (got a couple of things I'm deciding between). However, I'm undecided about the doors on the top. Not sure that I'm loving them. I'd like to use the top for display rather than storage. 

Whatever I decide to store in the hutch, I know I'm REALLY going to like it when I have a bigger place and can use it in a dining area instead of near my front door.

Someday. That's what I keep telling myself. Someday. 

And if it doesn't happen soon, I'm going to start looking like a hoarder.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

At least it's clean

You know how I hate to go to the grocery store. I don't think I can put it off much longer, do you? Thanks to picking up a few things at Braum's last night, I can have cereal or make pancakes. I could also make quesadillas since I got cheese.

I think I can make it until the weekend - hopefully Sunday. Yes... I hate going to the store that bad. Or I hate making time for it that much.

But, as some of the people said when I posted this picture on Facebook, at least my fridge is clean!


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Enter to win the Love Finds You in Glacier Bay Alaska prize pack

Celebrate with Tricia and Ocieanna by entering their "Glacier Bay" Giveaway and RSVPing for their Facebook Party on Feb. 12th!


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One fortunate winner will receive:

  • A gorgeous handmade “Glacier Bay” bracelet
  • A handmade cowl in “Glacier Bay” blues and greens
  • A bottle of custom-made “Glacier Bay” sparkle polish in blue
  • Love Finds You in Glacier Bay, Alaska by Tricia Goyer and Ocieanna Fleiss and their two other “Love Finds You” titles {Love Finds You in Lonesome Prairie, Montana, and Love Finds You in Victory Heights, Washington}
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 11th. Winner will be announced at the "Glacier Bay" Author Chat Party on February 12th. Connect with authors Tricia and Ocieanna, get a sneak peek of their new book projects, try your hand at the Alaska trivia contest, and chat with readers just like you. There will also be great giveaways—gift certificates, books, and more!

So grab your copy of Love Finds You in Glacier Bay, Alaska, and join Tricia and Ocieanna on the evening of February 12th for a chance to connect with the authors and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun, RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 12th!



About the book:

Singer Ginny Marshall is one signature away from the recording contract of her dreams—a deal that would guarantee success for the former foster child, who still struggles to bury the memories of her painful childhood. But Ginny needs advice from the one person who will look out for her best interests—her former fiancĂ©, Brett Miller. She travels to the remote town of Glacier Bay, Alaska, where the town’s colorful characters and stunning scenery provide respite from LA’s pressures.

In Glacier Bay, Ginny discovers a box of old letters and is swept up in the love story between Clay, an early missionary to Alaska Territory, and Ellie, the woman who traveled there to be his children’s governess. When Ginny is reunited with Brett in Glacier Bay, will she discover—as Ellie did—that healing and love are sometimes found in the most unexpected places?

Order a copy here.

About the authors:

Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of six, grandmother of one, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope.
A bestselling author, Tricia has published thirty-three books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee. In 2010, she was selected as one of the Top 20 Moms to Follow on Twitter by SheKnows.com. Tricia is also on the blogging team at MomLifeToday.com, TheBetterMom.com and other homeschooling and Christian sites.

In addition to her roles as mom, wife and author, Tricia volunteers around her community and mentors teen moms. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, AR. Tricia, along with a group of friends, recently launched NotQuiteAmishLiving.com, sharing ideas about simplifying life. She also hosts the weekly radio podcast, Living Inspired. 

Learn more about Tricia at www.triciagoyer.com.

Ocieanna Fleiss is a wife and mom of four. Discover ongoing insights from her mom adventures on her Mommy-Oblog as well as at MOPS.org. As for writing, fiction is her first love. She is blessed to express this passion in two additional novels co-authored with Tricia Goyer, Love Finds You in Lonesome Prairie, Montana, and Love Finds You in Victory Heights, Washington. She enjoys nonfiction as well. Her work in progress at the moment is a book about her cardiac arrest called, Loving Your Kids Like There's No Tomorrow. She also has edited both fiction and nonfiction for WinePress Publishers for over eight years. 

Her passion for fiction is rivaled by her love of speaking. She enjoys sharing her recent tale, sparked from the cardiac arrest, also called "Loving Your Kids Like There's No Tomorrow" with MOPS or any parenting groups. She also offers women's retreat talks. She studied the Bible for over twenty years by attending seminary classes, listening to lectures, and sitting under strong teaching at a Bible-believing church. She also taught the Old Testament for two years. 

Learn more about Ocieanna at www.ocieanna.com.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Back to life, back to reality

I must really be getting old.

Actually, that's a fact. It's been 10 years since I last went on the Ft. Parker trip as a cabin counselor. That was before the trip became a three night event. I thought, "Oh, we'll get back, then I'll put in at least half a day's work. I can make up the other hours with no sweat."

Or not.

I came home, took a hot shower and washed my hair which made me feel like a different person. I went into the office to work and quickly zoned out. I took a long nap and only managed two hours of work in two different one hour sets of time.

Not exactly what I needed to accomplish today. So, I'll spend the rest of the week trying to make it up.

But, let me tell you. I really appreciate this love seat and ottoman at the moment. Like really appreciate it. I'll be appreciating my bed at a time earlier than it's been appreciated in a long while tonight.

Normally, a few nights at the Holiday Inn is roughing it for me. Yes, I'm a wimp.

I'm not opposed to going back next year, but I'm not signing up to go right this minute.


Sunday, January 20, 2013

Very odd experience

Today, we went out to Old Ft. Parker. It really was a fort and there's Cherokee history to it. I won't go into all that. But think 1800s.

The odd experience has to do with the fact that the Renaissance fair weirdos, I mean actors were out ther practicing their parts. We got an education in 1533.

It was entertaining, but like many things this weekend, you kind of had to be there.

I am ready for my shower and bed.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

I need sleep

Just a quick confirmation that I am sleep walking through the evening after a small amount of not good sleep. Other than that, the retreat is great!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Retreating for the weekend

I am at a youth retreat with the church kids this weekend, so posting may be tough for a few days.

Here's a look at my bunk. Probably not a lot of good sleep happening there.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Make 2013 a Year of Discovery


Discover Together Bible Study Series Allows
Individuals and Groups to Dig Deeper into Scripture

When it’s time to make New Year’s resolutions each January 1, many Christians undoubtedly put at the top of their lists being more diligent with their Bible studies. Sue Edwards and Kregel Publications challenge women not to let this resolution go by the wayside a few weeks in—like their latest diet or exercise program—by inviting them to join in The Year of Discovery an interactive online experience. With the launch of the Edwards’ Discover Together Bible Study Series (in stores January 16, 2013), individuals and groups will be able to participate in their choice of seven different studies that actively dig into six books of the Bible.

The Discover Together Bible Study Series includes six of Edwards’ popular studies (Psalms, Proverbs Volumes 1 & 2, Luke, Ephesians and I Peter) that have been reorganized and revised to be more reader-friendly for both personal and group reflection along with the completely new release on Revelation.  Each of the seven books is divided into weekly lessons and includes new inspirational sidebars and QR codes to take readers to supplemental teaching videos.

Sue Edwards will be kicking off the Revelation study with an online Facebook chat on January 30 at 8:00 PM EST. In the weeks following the chat (February 4 – April 8), Edwards will be posting weekly on the Year of Discovery Facebook page and interacting with groups and individuals around the country going through the devotional at the same time. Women will be able to discuss the study with each other and ask questions via Facebook. Once readers complete the Revelation study, Edwards will be going through the Ephesians study in the same way. (An April 11 Facebook launch party will be followed by an April 15 – June 17 online study.)

Women need Bible study to keep balanced, focused and Christ-centered in their busy worlds. However, many find it difficult to set aside the time and discipline needed for an in-depth study. The Discover Together studies offer tiered questions to allow readers to choose a depth of study that fits with their individual lifestyles or schedules, even if they vary by the week, month or season. Completing each lesson requires about one-and-a-half hours. Readers still receive in-depth Bible study but with a minimum time commitment. For those who desire a more thorough study, including an opportunity to learn more about the history, culture and geography related to the Bible, Edwards has provided “Digging Deeper” questions. Answering these questions may require outside resources such as an atlas, Bible dictionary or concordance and challenge readers to examine complex theological issues and differing views more closely.

While the Discover Together Bible Studies are designed for both individual and group use, readers will benefit most by going through each week’s lesson on their own, then meeting with other women to share insights, struggles and aha moments. Bible study leaders will find free, downloadable leader’s guides for each study, along with general tips for leading small groups, at www.discoverytogetherseries.com.

Through short video clips, Edwards shares personal insights to enrich the Bible study experience. For ease of individual viewing, a QR code, which you can simply scan with your smartphone, is provided in each lesson. Readers can also go to the Discover Together website and easily navigate and find the corresponding video title. These clips are meant to bless, encourage and challenge participants in their daily walk.

Edwards and Kregel are especially excited about the new Revelation study that has been added to the series. “I have focused on five special chapters—the first three and the last two—passages that I believe are most pertinent for Christians today,” writes Edwards. “I find a thorough investigation of these five chapters the most beneficial as we consider how God wants us to prepare for the end.”

“The first three chapters paint a glorious picture of the resurrected Christ and record his seven letters to first-century churches. These early churches represent the different kinds of churches that have existed through the ages. The letters both commend and point out deficiencies in these churches, providing lessons to help us get ready for our future,” Edwards continues. “The last two chapters unfold with unspeakable energy, beauty and promise, as John describes what Jesus shows him: a new Eden, redemption’s climax and our eternal home. Walk with me through these incredible pages, and experience the blessing that God promised to all who read and heed.”


Psalms: Discovering Authentic Worship ~ ISBN: 9780825443114
Proverbs: Discovering Ancient Wisdom for a Postmodern World, Volume 1 ~ ISBN: 9780825443077
Proverbs: Discovering Ancient Wisdom for a Postmodern World, Volume 2 ~ ISBN: 9780825443084
Luke: Discovering Healing in Jesus’ Words to Women ~ ISBN: 9780825443107
Ephesians: Discovering Your Identity and Purpose in Christ ~ ISBN: 9780825443091
1 Peter: Discovering Encouragement in Troubling Times ~ ISBN: 9780825443121
Revelation: Discovering Life for Today and Eternity ~ ISBN: 9780825443138
All of the studies are paperback and retail for $12.99 each.

Visit www.discovertogetherseries.com to learn more about the Bible study series, download leader’s guides and watch Sue Edward’s video messages that correspond with each lesson.

Keep up with The Year of Discovery on www.facebook.com/DiscoverTogetherSeries. 


About the Author

Sue Edwards is associate professor of Christian education with a specialization is women’s studies at Dallas Theological Seminary where she has the opportunity to equip men and women for future ministry. She brings more than thirty years of experience into the classroom as a Bible teacher, curriculum writer, and overseer of several megachurch women’s ministries. As minister to women at Irving Bible Church and director of women’s ministry at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Dallas, she has worked with women from all walks of life, ages and stages. Her passion is to see modern and postmodern women connect, learn from one another and bond around God’s Word. Her Bible studies have ushered thousands of women all over the country and overseas into deeper Scripture study and community experiences.

Edwards has a doctor of ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston and a master’s in Bible from Dallas Theological Seminary. With Dr. Joye Baker, she oversees the Dallas Theological Seminary doctor of ministry degree in Christian education with a women-in-ministry emphasis.

Along with Kelley Mathews, Edwards has coauthored New Doors in Ministry to Women: A Fresh Model for Transforming Your Church, Campus, or Mission Field; Women’s Retreats: A Creative Planning Guide; and Leading Women Who Wound: Strategies for an Effective Ministry. Edwards and Mathews also joined with Henry Rogers to write Mixed Ministry: Working Together as Brothers and Sisters in an Oversexed Society.

Edwards loves words, but often feels like she is drowning in them. She writes Bible studies to carry women deep into God’s Love Letters, hoping the words turn their lives upside down much the same way they revolutionized her own life. Writing is her way of reaching women that she cannot connect with one-on-one.

Sue has been married to David for more than forty years. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.

To read more from Sue Edwards, visit the New Doors in Ministry website or her blog on Bible.org. Readers can also keep up with her via Facebook and Twitter. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The loud crowd

I keep planning to pack up my laptop and go somewhere else to work for a few hours at some point. I think a change of scenery would actually make me more productive.

And for about 30 minutes today, it did.

I decided I needed to take a break and get out of the house. I usually work through lunch time eating something at my desk. But, I needed to get out of the house.

When I finally left, it was past the lunch rush, but instead of my laptop, I took my Kindle and a notebook to Whataburger so that I could work on some reading for a press kit. And I was productive for about 30 minutes.

A study group of teenagers came in, and I just knew that they were going to get loud in the booth two back from me. Nope. They were actually studying.

It was the senior citizen coffee crowd that ran me off. I thought they went in the mornings instead of the afternoons. I guess I was wrong.

I'll keep that in mind. I may venture to the library next time.

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In other news, after taking out rows about four times to keep it from being so large, I finally finished the hat a friend asked me to make. His wife was right. He does have a big head because it was almost too small. 

I really need to get back to the baby blanket I've been working on for weeks. The baby I'm making it for was born today. I may take it with me to the youth retreat and work on it this weekend. With some certain kids there, I doubt I'll have much of a chance.


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Mark your calendar for an evening with the authors of Secretly Smitten



The "gals" are celebrating the release of Secretly Smitten with a fun Live Webcast on February 5th. They'll be debuting the *NEW* animated Smitten trailer, giving away tons of prizes, dishing on the book and their friendship. They'll also be wrapping up the Secretly Smitten blog tour, answering audience questions and testing your trivia skills. Don't miss the fun and bring your friends. Click here to RSVP and set up a reminder.

About the book:

Summer, fall, winter, spring—Smitten, Vermont, is the place for love . . . and mystery!

There’s a secret in Grandma Rose’s attic—a forgotten set of dog tags belonging to her first love. But David Hutchins was killed in action and never returned to Smitten. How did the dog tags end up in the attic? The mystery intrigues Rose’s three granddaughters—Tess, Clare, and Zoe—and they decide to investigate, though their mother, Anna, warns against meddling. But as the seasons turn and the mystery unravels, the three young women and their mother encounter some intriguing mystery men of their own. Has a sixty-year-old puzzle sparked something new for this close-knit family of women?

Purchase a copy here.

About the authors:

Join popular romance novelists—and real-life BFFs—Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Denise Hunter for four delightful intertwined tales of mystery and sweet intrigue.

Colleen Coble is the author of several best-selling romantic suspense novels, including "Tidewater Inn", and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series.


Christy Award finalist and two-time winner of the ACFW Book of the Year award, Kristin Billerbeck has appeared on The Today Show and has been featured in the New York Times. Her books include "A Billion Reasons Why" and "What a Girl Wants."

Denise Hunter is the award-winning and best-selling author of several novels, including "A Cowboy's Touch" and "Sweetwater Gap." She and her husband are raising three boys in Indiana.

Diann Hunt has lived in Indiana forever, been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, her dog, and, well, chocolate.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Enter to win a Downton Abbey Kindle Prize Pack from Julie Klassen

Julie is celebrating by giving away one of the new Paperwhite Kindles, Downton Abbey (season 3) and hosting a fun Author Chat Party on Facebook. (January 31st)


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One fortunate winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Paperwhite
  • Downton Abbey, Season 3
  • A Julie Klassen library (The Tutor’s Daughter, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Silent Governess)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on January 30th. Winner will be announced at The Tutor's Daughter Author Chat Party on January 31st. Connect with Julie, get a sneak peek of her next book, try your hand at the trivia contest, and chat with readers just like you. There will also be great giveaways - gift certificates, books and season 3 of Downton Abbey!

So grab your copy of The Tutor's Daughter and join Julie on the evening of the January 31st for a chance to connect with Julie and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book - don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun, RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 31st!


About the book:
Filled with page-turning suspense, The Tutor’s Daughter takes readers to the windswept Cornwall coast–a place infamous for shipwrecks and superstitions–where danger lurks, faith is tested, and romance awaits.

Emma Smallwood, determined to help her widowed father when his boarding school fails, accompanies him to the cliff-top manor of a baronet and his four sons. But soon after they arrive and begin teaching the two younger boys, mysterious things begin to happen. Who does Emma hear playing the pianoforte at night, only to find the music room empty? And who begins sneaking into her bedchamber, leaving behind strange mementos?

The baronet’s older sons, Phillip and Henry Weston, wrestle with problems–and secrets–of their own. They both remember the studious Miss Smallwood from their days at her father’s academy. But now one of them finds himself unexpectedly drawn to her…

When suspicious acts escalate, can Emma figure out which brother to blame and which to trust with her heart?



About the author:

Julie Klassen loves all things Jane–Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. She has won the Christy Award: Historical Romance for The Silent Governess (2010) and The Girl in the Gatehouse (2011) which also won the 2010 Midwest Book Award for Genre Fiction. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.


Sunday, January 13, 2013

OCD in overdrive

Other than going to church today, about the only thing I have done is try to untangle this yarn that should not have been so knotted with much yarn left.

My OCD made me want to get it in a continuous string without cutting the yarn because I am deranged, but after at least 5 hours, I started cutting and still have a mess.

I need to have my head examined. Especially considering this is all I have to talk about today.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Surely I am not the only one who has noticed this

Let me begin by saying I'm having a hard time reconciling what day it is. After I got through with the work day yesterday, I went to pick up Paige so that she could go to a youth group event at the church. She stayed the night over here so that she would be here in town to read a scripture at Ladies' Day at church today.

Since it's usually Saturday nights that she stays, and I spent time out at the church building today, it just feels Sunday-ish. Especially since I took a nap earlier. I needed it after we stayed up way too late watching Duck Dynasty, playing SongPop and a less than good night's sleep.

This leads me to the real point of the post. Neither of my nieces, at ages 8 and 11 are quiet, still sleepers.

A couple of years ago, I got rid of the daybed in my spare bedroom because neither of them liked to sleep on the other end of my house. They were more likely to sleep on the couch in the living room. And in reality, they prefer my bed.

If Peyton isn't wedged next to you, she's sleeping perpendicular to you with her legs over your body or smacking you in the head. I don't know how she stays on a twin size bed. I can picture her laying like a Salvador Dali watch with her head over one side and feet off the other. She also grinds her teeth like she has a mouth full of gravel.

Now Paige, she has ALWAYS talked in her sleep. At least at my house. Usually, I just ignore her, but when she was little, it kind of had me on alert that she needed something. She claims she ONLY does this at my house. Surely not.

Peyton doesn't seem to have ever heard her. Paige says that her little step-brother Layton has never woken up to her talking when he's ended up in her room. My parents haven't really noticed. I asked her mom today. No one seems to her her except for me.

This summer, she had a nightmare and with much agitation was saying, "where's my dad? Where's my dad at? I lost my dad." I tried waking her up then because I know how anxiety-ridden some dreams can be. I don't think she remembered the dream when I told her about it.

Last night, or rather this morning since we didn't get to sleep until like 1 AM... She was mumbling on. I didn't think she had been asleep long, so I said, "are you awake?" "Yes," when in reality she wasn't and went on mumbling.

At one point, I was awaken with an arm upside my head. I turned to look at her, and she was jabbering away, punching the air towards me like she was fighting someone in a dream.

Finally around 5:00, I woke up hot, and got up to turn the fan on a higher speed. After laying here a little longer, I finally got up and moved to the couch so that I could turn on the TV. Watching TV helps me go back to sleep. When my phone alarm went off, I went in to wake her up.

I told her, "girl, you had some dreams last night."

"I had some CRAZY dreams last night."

"Yeah, I know, you were fighting someone and hit me."

We laugh about it, but she wants me to look it up online to see if blue rooms make people talk in their sleep. I still think this has nothing to do with my house.

We'll see next weekend when she goes to Ft. Parker if anyone hears her.

Friday, January 11, 2013

I'm losing in SongPop to an 11 year old

Paige and I are each on our Kindles on the love seat playing SongPop.

And she is beating me. This is wrong. So wrong.

I'm about to have to go country classics on her or something.